John E. Mattson

John Eli William Mattson, born in Rolla, North Dakota on May 24, 1942, passed away on August 15, 2020 at the age of 78.He was preceded death by his parents John and Carolyn (Kjellerson) Mattson, his sister Jenny Anderson, Ann Whitecrow, and Ronald (Blue) Fisher II. He is survived by his sister Betty Main, his son Lucas J. (Colleen) Cole Mattson, granddaughters Laylay and Kali, daughter Michelle Fisher, son Troy King, step-daughter Anne Isham, good friend Bernadine Sykes and his beloved pug, Rowdy. John grew up in the Northwoods of Britt, Minnesota where he was raised by John and Lulu Koski. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 17. His three years of service took him across the globe where he served in Vietnam and Okinawa before getting injured and being honorably discharged. After the Army he trained and worked as a mechanic, logger, truck driver and shop foreman. John was most proud of going back to school and getting his teaching license .He went on to work and eventually retire as a preschool teacher. He spent his final years living in North Carolina being a full-time grandfather. A memorial luncheon will be held on October 3, 2020 from 11:00-2:00 at the Evangelical Free Church, 115 Carr Lake Rd SW, Bemidji, MN 56601. The burial will take place the next day, October 4, 2020, at 11:00 in the morning at South Sandy Cemetery, located on county road #68 in Britt, MN 55792

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